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fayalite

[ fey-uh-lahyt, fahy-ah-lahyt ]
/ ˈfeɪ əˌlaɪt, faɪˈɑ laɪt /
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noun Mineralogy.

the iron end member of the olivine group, Fe2SiO4.

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Origin of fayalite

1835–45; named after Fayal; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for fayalite

fayalite
/ (ˈfeɪəˌlaɪt, faɪˈɑːlaɪt) /

noun

a rare brown or black mineral of the olivine group, consisting of iron silicate. Formula: Fe 2 SiO 4

Word Origin for fayalite

C19: named after Fayal
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Scientific definitions for fayalite

fayalite
[ fāə-līt′ ]

See under olivine.
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